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Russian-born but now settled near London, folk singer Daria Kulesh combines “one of the most refined and enjoyable voices around” with strong Russian and Ingush heritage, conjuring a beguiling romanticism. Her debut solo album Eternal Child (2015) was described as "phenomenal" by FATEA Magazine and her second solo record Long Lost Home (2017) has already won awards both in the UK and in Russia, praised as a “masterpiece”, a “triumph”, “10/10”. Mike Harding praised The Moon and the Pilot, the first single from Long Lost Home, as 'one of the most beautiful new songs of the last 10 years'. From performing in a resident band at an Irish pub next to the Kremlin to singing at a charity gala at the former Moscow Governor's palace; from busking in Nova Scotia, Canada to playing at Cadogan Hall and the Southbank Centre; from the folk clubs of Hertfordshire to the mountains of Caucasus, Daria's musical and personal journey is turbulent and varied – and her vibrant, soulful performances reflect that. Her latest single Vasilisa retells and twists the eponymous Russian fairytale and can be heard here. Daria performs solo and with a variety of backing line-ups featuring some of the folk scene's best musicians; she is also a member of The Company of Players. You can visit Daria's website here.

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